About Hanford Mills Museum

Mill Interpretation and Research Specialist

Hanford Mills Museum seeks a Mill Interpretation and Research Specialist to work with the senior staff team on a variety of projects related to the site’s historic water- and steam-powered Mill complex. This two-year, grant-funded position will include an annual salary of $30,000-$35,000 with a competitive benefits package. The position will begin in March 2020.

Responsibilities:​ The Mill Interpretation and Research Specialist will be responsible for researching and thoroughly documenting the Mill’s collections, operations, processes and maintenance practices; benchmark best practices at other operating historic sites; actively interpret the site; and work to improve public and research access to the Mill’s collections and documentation. Projects and activities will include:

  • Interpretation and Access:
    • Provide seasonal interpretation and assistance in Mill operations, including tours and historic machinery demonstrations, in collaboration with the Mill Operations Manager.
    • Write articles for organizational and industry publications
    • Create research reports and contribute to the Museum’s Interpretation Handbook
    • Work with Communications Coordinator to turn research into content for HMM website, newsletter, and social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
    • Submit conference presentation proposals
  • Research and Documentation:
    • Document processes relating to operation of historic machinery and power generation systems (including written notes, photographs and videos)
    • Research and benchmark best practices related to operational historic sites
    • Research history , historic context, and historic operations related to the machinery used by the Hanfords and currently in operation at the Museum
    • Work with Mill Operations Manager and Education and Research Initiatives Manager to create, test and update Mill Operation Guide

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in history or a related field
  • Strong attention to detail and effective organizational and time management skills
  • Strong written and effective verbal communication skills, including comfort speaking to and with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Experience and/or desire to learn to operate woodworking and other historic machinery.
  • Ability to perform tasks that require moderate physical exertion, stand/walk for long periods on varying surfaces, inside and out, and in a variety of conditions
  • Support and contribute to positive staff collaboration, outstanding visitor services, safe and sustainable operations, and other duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Museum Studies or a related field
  • Experience with collections database software
  • Knowledge of collections management and care practices
  • Experience working at a museum or historic site


To apply:  please email application materials (cover letter, resume and three professional references) to Liz Callahan at lizc@hanfordmills.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until filled or through February 1.